Columbus names city government building for ex-mayor Coleman

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus is naming a downtown building after its longest serving mayor.

The Michael B. Coleman Governmental Center is scheduled for completion in December 2017. The $73 million, eight-story office building will house the city’s building-and-zoning, public service and development departments, as well as some public utility offices. An adjacent seven-story parking garage is scheduled to be finished in January 2018.

Coleman, a Democrat, served as Columbus’ mayor from 2000 to 2016. He was the city’s first black mayor and became its longest-serving when he entered his 15th year in office in January 2014. He announced later that year he wouldn’t seek re-election.

Mayor Andrew Ginther, Coleman’s successor, says Coleman transformed the city so the naming is appropriate.